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Ketchikan competes in Fairbanks

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan High School jumpstarted the road portion of its schedule on Thursday.

After both the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs opened their respective seasons at home, the Kings and Lady Kings traveled to Fairbanks to participate in the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic at Monroe Catholic High School.

The three-day round-robin competition also includes Grace Christian and Valdez high schools.

It was the second time in one week that the Kings had squared off against the Monroe Catholic Rams. And just as before, the Kings and Rams battled back and forth on Thursday.

But unlike their last meeting, the Kings dropped Thursday’s game 84-78.

The Kings’ Chris Lee scored 47. Kristian Pihl had 19 points, including five threes.

“(Chris) probably shot 60%. He got a bunch of assists, too,” Ketchikan head coach Eric Stockhausen said.

The Kings carried a 42-36 lead at the half, but Monroe hit eight 3-pointers in the second half. The Rams finished with 14 threes in the game.

Lady Kings fall to Monroe, 44-39

The Lady Kings led the Monroe Catholic Rams the entire way on Thursday night, even building a 13-point lead. But Ketchikan’s opening game of the Mt. McKinley Bank Holiday Classic didn’t end in the First City’s favor.

Slowly but surely Monroe Catholic crept back in the ball game, ultimately taking a lead. The Rams won 44-39.

Ketchikan missed a 3-pointer that would’ve tied the game with eight seconds left. From there, the Lady Kings had to foul the Rams in order to stop the clock and give themselves a chance.

The loss bumps the Lady Kings to 4-2 this season. Ketchikan’s lost two straight, after opening the season with four consecutive victories. Thursday’s game was the Lady Kings’ first competition on the road.

Upcoming schedule

Both Ketchikan squads will square off against Grace Christian on Friday. The Lady Kings will begin the action at 3 p.m. The Kings will follow, tentatively slated for 4:35 p.m. However, the start of the boys’ game will depend on the girls’ game.

Ketchikan will face Valdez on Saturday. The Lady Kings tipoff at 12 p.m., followed by the Kings at 1:35 p.m.

Ketchikan is the only ASAA 4A classification school participating in the round-robin competition. Monroe Catholic, Grace Christian and Valdez are 3A.